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Fondue has come back in style in a big way. No longer is it that groovy fad from the seventies, now it’s a great way to add some fun to any dinner party. But in order to make fondue, you’ll need a fondue pot. Here are some things to consider when buying a fondue pot.

Perhaps your desire to own a fondue pot is because you’ve recently had it at a party or out at a fondue restaurant. Most likely, you’ve tried cheese or chocolate fondue but did you know that you can also make a hot oil or broth fondue? Knowing what types of fondue you plan on making will help you pick the right fondue pot.

A fondue pot that is heated by a candle is very romantic but not very practical. Most fondue pots without a heating element will not melt chocolate or cheese and you definitely can not heat oil to a temperature of 350 degrees and cook meat in them. With an electric fondue pot you’ll be able to maintain a constant temperature without any fuss or muss. An electric fondue pot is definitely the right way to go.

Another great new feature that some fondue pots have is a magnetic cord that just snaps apart if pulled. This comes in very handy if you have pets or children who never sit still and may trip over the electric cord. Chocolate covered pets are probably pretty hard to clean so these new snap off cords really come in handy.

Be sure that the fondue pot that you pick comes with fondue forks. If you were to buy them separately it will definitely cost more money. Most fondue forks are color coded so that you don’t mix them up. Setting rules about double dipping is up to your but everyone having their own fork is good way to bring up the subject.

Being able to control how hot the fondue pot is getting is very important when cooking meat or hot oil fondue. Most of the time a temperature of about 350 degrees is needed to cook filet, pork or chicken thoroughly. Having a temperature dial on the pot makes it easy.

Cleaning up is never fun. But you’ll wind up putting your fondue pot in the attic if it’s a hassle to clean. Imagine trying to scrub burnt cheese off the bottom of the pot. That’s no way to enjoy yourself. Go with a non-stick pot.

A dishwasher safe fondue pot is the easiest thing in the world to clean because all you have to do is put it in the dishwasher. If you have a dishwasher in your house, then you should make a point of trying to find a dishwasher safe fondue pot.

Burning your hands would ruin your fondue dinner. Having a pot with a cool touch handle would help you to avoid this. But one of those big oven mitts would probably work just as well. And for that matter, you really should be moving a hot fondue pot anyway. This feature isn’t that important.

And be sure to pick up a stainless steel pot if you plan on cooking hot oil or broth fondue. They make ceramic pots especially for use with chocolate fondue but please do not ever fill one up with hot oil and heat it up. That’s a disaster waiting to happen because a ceramic pot will crack if it gets too hot.

These are some of the things to remember when buying a fondue pot. Try to pick one that has the features that are most important to you and you’ll be making fondue in no time.

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